Spring is Here...

Spring is here and the weather's been beautiful!  Not so beautiful though are the allergies that come with it.  Here's an intersting post from Crossfit Oakland:

Natural Remedies for Allergy Relief

 

By Connie Moreno - Posted on 17 May 2009

 

Spring is the perfect time to get out of the house and enjoy a little fun in the sun! 'Tis the season for hiking and gardening--functional fitness at its best. Unfortunately, not everyone can delight in the beauty that is spring. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know exactly what I mean. Even opening a window can bring about headaches, sneezing, coughing and congestion. This is the body's immune system overreacting to a foreign substance that enters the body. Even though harmless particles, like pollen, may not pose a threat to the body, the immune system often can't tell the difference. As a result, histamines and other inflammatory compounds are released into the area that the substance entered the body. Histamines are our inflammatory response produced by a specialized group of white blood cells called mast cells.

Lucky for us, Nature provides us with a variety of foods and herbs that support our immune system and help to alleviate many of these allergic responses. For example, foods such as onions and citrus are high in Quercetin, a plant-derived flavonoid that acts as an anti-allergen to help block histamine production in your blood stream. A diet high in Vitamin C, another immune suppressor, and Quercetin have anti-histamine properties that quell inflammation caused by allergies.

High in Vitamin C: red bell peppers, cauliflower, strawberries, mustard greens, papaya, lime, parsley, broccoli, tomatoes, and spinach.
High in Quercetin: red wine, grapefruit, onions, apples, nuts, and leafy green vegetables.
Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5): calf's liver, sunflower seeds, crimini mushrooms, yellow corn, broccoli, winter squash, cauliflower, and eggs.

Here are some anti-inflammatory herbs & spices that can, with consistent use, help to ease your allergy symptoms:

Spices : turmeric, cayenne, ginger, fenugreek seeds, nutmeg, cinnamon, basil, lemon balm, rosemary, and cumin. Add any of these to your favorite dish.

Herbs : slippery elm bark, comfrey leaf & root, Marshmallow root, licorice root, wild yam, horse chestnut, Sarsaparilla, Figwart, Yarrow, Chamomile, Hedge Nettle, Green Tea, Yerba Mansa, and Desert Lavender. Steep herbs in hot water and drink as a tea.

And last but definitely not least--fish oil! Essential Fatty Acids are particularly helpful when dealing with any inflammatory condition. Since most foods contain Omega-6s, allergy sufferers should consider taking a fish oil, an excellent source of anti-inflammatory Omega-3s.

4/11/12

Skills:

Double Unders

Strength:

Zercher Squat 8x2@ 52.5%

WOD:

Teams of 3- Row 7500m

*Cut off time is 30 minutes